|Last week's ballot|
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#22), California (#23).
Thoughts and explanations:
A lot of shuffling this week - I reorganized some teams this week, as the Iowa loss means you can start thinking about where the one loss teams would fall in the order. Alabama had the better win this week, so they move ahead of Florida. It doesn't really matter though. As long as both keep winning we'll have a definite winner decided in the SEC title game.
TCU and Boise State - Gift baskets and thank you cards can be directed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Since the Middies swept aside Jimmy Montana's Heisman campaign, TCU and Boise State are now one step closer to both making a BCS bowl if they win out. The WAC and Mountain West Conferences thank Navy as well, since it could mean a huge payday for each.
Houston - Former Boiler Kevin Sumlin damn near has a third non-BCS team in the mix. If not for the shocking loss at UTEP, Houston would also be unbeaten with wins over a Big 12 team and an SEC team. They certainly won in interesting fashion last night.
Does the Big Ten get two? - After Ohio State beating Penn State last night, likely no. If the Buckeyes beat Iowa next week they will go to Pasadena. If the Hawkeyes win, they will go. The loser won't get an at large BCS berth, nor will Penn State. While Ohio State fans are happy, their win likely cost the Big Ten a second BCS berth. I guess that means gift baskets and thank you cards can be sent from TCU and Boise state to Columbus, OH as well.
Who does get the at large spots? - There are four, and I think they go to the following as of right now: 1. The Alabama-Florida loser (This is a mortal lock at this point). 2. TCU 3. Boise State 4. Maybe Miami or Virginia Tech if Georgia Tech wins the ACC. The Yellow Jackets need only beat Duke next week to clinch that division with the Hurricanes and Hokies. They will be heavily favored in the ACC title game.
Welcome to the poll - To Stanford and Navy. Stanford, for running up 51 on Oregon. Navy, for doing our country a service once again and keeping us safe from another Notre Dame blowout in an undeserved BCS bowl. With Veteran's Day this week, we salute you, Navy.